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A determined Katherine

Throughout her life, Katherine Brennan has faced the challenges posed by her cerebral palsy with a mix of good humour and persistence, and now our BaptistCare at home team is helping her embrace ageing the same way.

Despite the challenges of living with cerebral palsy, Katherine has led a full and busy life, managing to live in her own home, hold down a long-term job, write articles for a newsletter and perform in theatre productions.

Now at 73, she is facing the challenges of ageing with the same energy and positive focus. “I have a wheelchair, but I don’t want to use it,” says Katherine. “So, I go for walks and try to exercise. I go to the pool when I can. It’s hard work, but I want to keep on walking.”

We are proud to be supporting Katherine’s quest for a meaningful life by providing transport for her and accompanying her on outings, as well as other support services.

Our BaptistCare at home staff, including support worker Christine, visit Katherine in her home most days and take her on a variety of life-enriching excursions. “It’s absolutely wonderful and has changed my life so much,” says Katherine. “Christine and I are one of a kind. Sometimes we go to a little place where they have good fish and chips, and pancakes.”

While getting out and about is important, Katherine particularly values the respect that Christine provides her. “Unfortunately, some people think that they have to talk down to people with a disability,” she says. “What I like best about the visits from BaptistCare is that I get to have a bit of adult conversation.”